Michael McDowell
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Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell was born June 1, 1950 in Enterprise, Alabama and attended public schools in southern Alabama until 1968. He graduated with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English from Harvard, and in 1978 he was awarded his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis.

His seventh novel written and first to be sold, The Amulet, was published in 1979 and would be followed by over thirty additional volumes of fiction written under his own name or the pseudonyms Nathan Aldyne, Axel Young, Mike McCray, and Preston Macadam. His notable books include the Southern Gothic horror novel The Elementals (1981), the serial novel Blackwater (1983), which was first published in a series of six paperback volumes, and the trilogy of "Jack & Susan" books.

By 1985 he was writing screenplays for television, including episodes for a number of anthology series such as Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Crypt. He went on to write the screenplay for Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), as well as the script for Thinner (1996). McDowell died December 27, 1999 from AIDS-related illness. Tabitha King, wife of author Stephen King, completed an unfinished McDowell novel, Candles Burning, which was published in 2006.

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    • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

    • By: Michael McDowell
    • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
    • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

    Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

    • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Cold Moon over Babylon

    • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
    • By: Michael McDowell
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,006
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 929
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      4 out of 5 stars 930

    Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another:...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best audible listen to date...

    • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Elementals

    • By: Michael McDowell
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,808

    After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

    • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Amulet

    • By: Michael McDowell
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just as good 38 years later.

    • By Jon Weimer on 12-11-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Gilded Needles

    • By: Michael McDowell
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 216

    Welcome to the Black Triangle, New York's decadent district of opium dens, gambling casinos, and back-room abortions. The queen of this unsavory neighborhood is Black Lena Shanks....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely dark, but engrossing.

    • By CJ Matthews on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Wicked Stepmother

    • By: Michael McDowell, Dennis Schuetz, Axel Young
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Seducing a proper Bostonian was easy. Making him die of a heart attack a week after the wedding was hardly any trouble at all....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Michael McDowell does it again

    • By Marilyn on 09-20-18

    Regular price: $19.95

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